Thursday, January 31, 2013

What we've been up to...(photo heavy)

I've been busy.
Crazy busy.
So busy I don't really remember my last shower.

 All because of this little guy:
Yes, he is adorable. Kawaii is the word I hear most often. (That's Japanese for super-cute.)
But really. I've been mostly tied to the couch, nursing him, for weeks now. It's a wonder how I've gotten anything done. Actually, I haven't. At least not housework-wise...unless you count washing endless diapers. Seriously. It's like I won the stork's raffle for super-soaker baby...which I suppose goes along with his constant nursing. (On the other hand, it's nice to have an economic justification for breastfeeding and cloth diapering.)
Anyway, I did figure out how to knit while nursing (no small trick since I knit continental style), so while I've been feeding my son, and watching endless episodes of Quantum Leap and Star Trek: The Next Generation, I managed to finish up a few pieces this month.

First there's this lovely Who? hat, whose Owl cables are a bit difficult to see, but I assure you they are there:

 Then, there's the Declan hat, which I knit because I had a bunch of gorgeous purple Cascade Eco+ that screamed at me "I want to be a hat!"

I knit Clinton a pair of blue longies, so that he would have a diaper cover that also doubled as pants:

And then I started making another sweater from one of my favorite kids' sweater patterns, DNA:

So that's about it for January. I've only one more week of maternity leave, so I'm certain there will be more to write about soon.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

It is the first day of 2013, and it is a pretty good day.
My son let me sleep for 3 hours uninterrupted this morning. My parents landed safely home in Detroit. And I'm almost done knitting him a pair of longies. (Actually, the knitting part is done. I just have to finish weaving in ends & then lanolize so he can wear them.)

Since I would much rather look forward to the new year than look at what I didn't finish in the past one, here's my list of what I'm looking forward to in 2013:

Watching my son grow. Because, really, Clinton is the most amazing thing that has happened to me. Ever. Way more so than even joining the Navy.

Taking the advancement exam. Again. And probably again. It will be attempts 5 and 6 to get that promotion, and the advancement rates can't get much I may have a shot. (I'm masochistic like that.)

Sewing clothes for myself. That is, once I lose the baby weight. I have a skirt and a dress that I would like to make.

Being a tourist on my island. While my parents were visiting last week, we took a short excursion around Kujukushima National Park, and I realized how little we actually know about where we live. So hopefully we can start to fix that.

How about you? Anything exciting planned for the New Year?